Leadership just like management is a skill that can be developed and learned. However, leadership and management are not the same concept. Leaders do not need titles and luxurious resources. To be a great leader, you need humility and a spirit to serve. To be a great manager you need self-confidence and empathy. These are only one or two of the many skills needed to lead. Further, each organization needs a different type of leader or manager to lead. For example, a great fast food manager could not lead or manage a hospital or research project. He/she would need a different set of skills. Sounds obvious but many individuals make the mistake of believing management is by title only or having a degree. The best leaders cultivate a service orientated perspective by practicing humility. A great manager develops soft skills along with the right educational training and experience. They possess a passion to serve, to know, and to move forward in positive and progressive ways. Above all, they are excellent followers. Effective managers and leaders are not radical feminists or male chauvinists. So who are the leaders and managers of the future?
How a therapist can help:
A therapist can help develop the right skills for the right position through one on one coaching, give expert evidence based advice, and personal feedback. It will assist in developing the right interpersonal development and appropriate managerial skills. A variety of techniques are utilized to improve the effectiveness of the manager, leader or executive. Some of the techniques are classroom or workshop training. Social interventions to improve or raise the quality of your skills, talents and interests.